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Advanced Nurse Practitioner

The professional development of an ANP requires significant educational commitment and investment to underpin the provision of high quality safe and effective practice. Key to this is a Masters level qualification in Advanced Practice, with core educational focus on the development of competence:-

• Clinical assessment;

• Clinical reasoning, judgement and diagnostic decision making;

• Anatomy and pathophysiology;

• Non medical prescribing- V300;

• Leading, delivering and evaluating care;

• Practice learning/transferable work based learning. For further information on the ANP role in Scotland please see the Transforming Nursing Roles Phase 1 paper (link in the introduction).

ANP Education Programmes

Local ANP education providers include the University of the West of Scotland (for neonatal, paediatric and adult ANP education) and Glasgow Caledonian University (for adult ANP education).Napier University provides role specific training for ANPs in Critical Care.

Information on the ANP Education Pathways currently being used in NHSGGC can be found here

Information on the new UWS programme and the programme provided at GCU can be found below, together with contact details for the Programme Leaders for more information.

Please discuss your education requirements with the Consultant Nurse for Advanced Practice before enrolling trainees.

(AdvancedPractice@ggc.scot.nhs.uk)

Financial support for education is available, but must be discussed and agreed prior to enrolment. 

University of the West of Scotland, MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner Programme

http://www.uws.ac.uk/postgraduate/advanced_clinical_practitioner_%28neonatal-child-adult%29/

University of the West of Scotland, MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner Flyer

Please note that this programme is only for trainee ANPs and has pathways for training neonatal, paediatric or adult ANPs.

Glasgow Caledonian University, MSc Advancing Professional Practice Programme

https://www.gcu.ac.uk/study/courses/details/index.php/P02886/Nursing_Advancing_Professional_Practice?utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

Please note that this programme contains many modules. Please discuss the appropriateness of specific modules for a trainee ANP with the Consultant Nurse for Advanced Practice and the Programme Leader.

Further information on both programmes can be downloaded here

Advanced Clinical Nurse Specialist

Transforming roles paper 8 sets the educational requirement to be an Advanced Clinical Nurse Specialist as a minimum of Post Graduate Diploma. 

As this is a recent publication, NHSGGC and the Higher Education Institutions are collaborating to create pathways for ACNS that meet both the academic requirements and the bespoke in-depth clinical learning required of an ACNS. 

It is envisaged that many of the generalist components of ANP education will also be essential for the ACNS:

• Clinical assessment;

• Clinical reasoning, judgement and diagnostic decision making;

• Anatomy and pathophysiology;

• Non medical prescribing;

• Leading, delivering and evaluating care;

As the number of advanced specialists in each field will be relatively small, it is expected that specialist component of ACNS education may come from practice learning/transferable work based learning. Under this model, the HEI works with NHSGGC and the specialist clinical teams to devise learning contracts, and deliver bespoke learning and assessment, to highly specialist trainee ACNS.

For other specialists, there may be ‘off the shelf’ existing specialist education, such as the long running endoscopy module at Glasgow Caledonian University (Module details | Glasgow Caledonian University | Scotland, UK (gcu.ac.uk)) while other specialist modules are likely to be created when the number of trainees requiring a specialist skill warrants a specialist programme, such as the new Glasgow Caledonian University / NHS Education for Scotland Post Graduate Diploma in Non- Medical Cystoscopy

Module details | Glasgow Caledonian University | Scotland, UK (gcu.ac.uk)

Non-medical cystoscopy | Turas | Learn (nhs.scot)

We will update this page over the coming months as things develop.